Archive for June, 2010

16
Jun

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Here’s a little something I made for you.

10 Things You Should Know from Mark Isakson on Vimeo.

Enjoy.

Category : 12th Grade | Blog
13
Jun

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Your final week of high school is fairly easy, and simply involves some thoughtful writing on your part. Here’s what it looks like:

Monday + Tuesday: If you haven’t already grabbed it, I’ll be handing you the final essay prompt on Raymond Carver and his work. We’ll be working on it in class on Monday and Tuesday. My expectation is that you’ll turn it in via email or in person no later than 6 PM. This will allow me ample time to finish grading it so that I can sign (or not…) your graduation forms.

Wednesday: Right…. Enjoy your last day of high school.

Category : 12th Grade | Blog
13
Jun

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Here’s the week. It is our last big week together, and it has the potential to make or break grades. Three major things are happening: the Taming of the Shrew exam, the final essay, and The Blog Unit self evaluation.

Also, I’m nearly done with grades. I received a fair amount of late work, and haven’t quite finished with it yet. Expect those to go up on Monday evening.

Monday + Tuesday: For fun, and to help make darn sure that you mostly understand the story in The Taming of the Shrew, we’ll be viewing the 1999 film Ten Things I Hate About You. This modern remake of Shakespeare’s play was filmed at Tacoma’s Stadium High School, and is a rollicking good time. I will also be distributing the final essay prompt on Monday. A (tiny) part of your grade for this essay will be showing me that you have come up with a defensible thesis.

Wednesday: Wednesday will be your final exam for The Taming of The Shrew. Make sure that you study and study well. It is the same format as the exams for Things Fall Apart and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with a 10 multiple choice questions, two passage identifications, and one longer response. As a bonus, I’ve added one extra credit passage ID.

Thursday + Friday: Two things will be due for your final. First, the entirety of your final period will be devoted to writing/completing your final essay. Of course, you can have it done prior to class, but if you choose to write it in class only, you are welcome to attempt to do so. I recommend that you prepare your essay by completing your thesis statement, drafting an outline, and finding passages to support your claims. It will be challenging to complete the essay if you haven’t done this prep work. Second, your Blog Unit Evaluation is due. Make sure that it is typed, beautiful, and really, really easy for me to read.

This is the last week of class. Make it good.

Category : 10th Grade | Blog
8
Jun

Potbellied Pigs

This sign actually exists?

Category : Funny Signs | Blog
8
Jun

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Here’s the quick skinny on grades: they’re nearly done, I’m going crazy, and your last day to turn in work is June 14th. Cool? Here’s the week.

Monday: We’ll start off this week by taking a quick look at two more ultra short stories by Raymond Carver. “Mine” and “Little Things” are two versions of the same text which explore a tragic and profound moment in a couple’s relationship. I’m going to be asking you to do a short in-class analysis of the text, so if you were gone, make sure to ask.

Homework: Read “What we talk about when we talk about love”

Tuesday: After we discuss “What we talk about when we talk about love” I’m hoping to give you some time to start in on your homework, which is to read “Cathedral”.

Homework: Read “Cathedral”.

Wednesday: We’ll be working through an assignment to compare “Cathedral” and “What we talk about…” that will specifically focus on what you and a partner think that Carver has to say about the nature of relationships. It is a tricky thing to do, so I’ll be guiding you through it bit by bit.

Thursday: I’m dedicating the entire class period to the reading of our last Carver short story, “Will you please be quiet, please?” This story, in heart wrenching detail and alarming lack of specificity, examines what happens when our relationships are founded on less than truths. We’ll be discussing it, along with one more of Carver’s poems, on Friday.

Friday: In addition to the discussion mentioned above, I’ll be distributing the prompt for the final essay, which will be due next Wednesday.

Category : 12th Grade | Blog
7
Jun

First thing first, so that you hear it clearly.

All late work is due this Friday, June 11th. There are no exceptions. None. If you are missing assignments, come talk to me. I’m here every single day by 6:45, and I rarely leave prior to 3:00. I’m available via email. (All the time. My wife hates it). I am willing to do almost anything to help you out.

Okay, now that that’s done, here’s your week. It is reading heavy, which is good, because it is clear to me that many of you are not working hard on keeping up with the readings.

Monday: We’ll be reading Act IV.i and IV.ii in class today, as well as reviewing a bit of Act III. I cannot stress enough how important it is that you keep up with the reading in this last week. If you fall behind there is hell to pay.

Homework: Read Act IV.iii and IV.iv. I have copied them for you, and they are available in class. If you choose not to take home a copy, you can find them online here.

Tuesday: We’ll be watching Act IV.v in class. I have a great version of this scene to share with you, and I think that it will stimulate some pretty good conversation about how Shakespeare views gender. I’ll also be handing out the work that I’m asking you to do in preparation for our character debate on Thursday. This work will be due on Thursday in order to participate in the debate. You can find it here if you missed it.

Homework: Please complete the response for Act IV. You can find it here.

Wednesday: We’ll be reading Act V.i and V.ii in class, which amounts to finishing the play. I’ll also be collecting the Act IV response.

Homework: Make sure that your work for our debate is prepared for class on Thursday.

Thursday: I’ll be collecting the debate prep work, and we’ll have ourselves a nice little conversation about love. Good times.

Friday: We’ll be in the LibLab on Friday, and we’ll be working on Blog post #5. This will be our last post, and I’ll also be handing out the evaluation criteria for the unit.

Category : 10th Grade | Blog
4
Jun

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I decided to change things up a tad this week and end the week with Carver’s story/poem “Lemonade.” It is a really cool piece that explores Carver’s stance on death, faith, and the effects of dwelling on the past. Due to copyright constraints I can’t post it, but you get the poem in class if you weren’t there. You can find the guidelines for the written response here.

Have a nice prom.

Category : 12th Grade | Blog
1
Jun

Where to start? The unnecessary quotes? The fact that things are underlined that shouldn’t be? The fact that I am now forced to question whether the food is either good or honest? The space/dash problem in the phone number? This is a disaster on so many levels.

Thanks to Carolina Hoppe for the photo.
Category : Funny Signs | Blog
1
Jun

With a mere two weeks left we will be focusing on the work of the literary giant Raymond Carver. He’s a favorite of mine, and we’ll be looking at his short stories, his poetry, and his style.

Here’s your week.

Tuesday: I’ll be introducing Carver and his style of minimalism. We have a fun little writing assignment which will involve a little trip, and I’ll be challenging you to start emulating his style. You can find the assignment here.

Wednesday: We’ll be talking about our experiences with attempting to write in a style resembling minimalism, then launch into the story “The Bath.” I’ll try to give you some time to read it, but we’ll see.

Thursday: After a discussion of Carver’s story “The Bath” we’ll jump into a later version of the story entitled “A Small, Good Thing.” I’ll be asking you to craft a response paper on the two pieces, focusing on Carver’s style, the character development, dreams, and your general impressions of the pieces.

Homework: Craft a one page, typed response to Carver’s two stories.

Friday: After we discuss our responses we’ll be reading two of Carver’s poems together in class, but I’m not entirely sure which the second will be. Stay tuned for a bit more on that front.

Weekend Homework: Read “Vitamins” by Raymond Carver. I’ll be handing out copies in class, so make sure that if you’re going to be absent that you get the story beforehand.

Category : 12th Grade | Blog